Delightful Danish souvenirs

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Posted On March 12, 2014 / Posted In Gift Guides , Most Popular / Tagged souvenirs, travel gifts, gift guides

Images and text by Sarita Rajiv

Having lived in Copenhagen for two years now, like most people here I love it best in summer. At that time, the city is in its element and is bursting cheerfully with tourists, maps and guides in hand, off to discover the best of Copenhagen and hunting for some Danish travel souvenirs. 

I can attest to all the wonderful laurels showered on this wonderful city. Yes, it is a smart and green city. Its vibrant food scene makes it among the best cities for foodies and, as a city with the best work-life balance, it’s perfect for families with children. But, it’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world. In the first couple of months after I moved here from India, I was constantly taken aback by the prices of things (it didn’t help that my mind was involuntarily doing some frantic exchange rate calculations!).

So, what souvenirs can travellers take home from Denmark that aren't frightfully expensive? Here are three of my delightful Danish souvenirs that won’t burn a hole in your packet.

Danish souvenir #1: Lotus candle holder

Have you heard of the Danish term ‘hyggelig’? Hyggelig essentially means cosy. Danes love spending time with friends and family in warm, cosy environments with good food, drinks and lots of candles. If you visit a Dane’s home, you are sure to find all sosrt of candle holders. The lotus candle holder in different colours is one such. While I first spotted them at a Søstrene Grene store (Copenhagen has several), you can also find them in Tessie's close to Norreport station.


Danish souvenir #2: Danish butter cookies

Danish butter cookies

I’m guessing several of you already know about the delicious Danish butter cookies. This one is my favourite. While the cookies are sure to be devoured, the tin itself is a keeper with fun elements like the Dannebrog (Danish flag), a Danish royal guard, a sausage dog, facts about Denmark and the queen of Denmark holding a Danish butter cookie in her hand!  Just hop into any of the Tiger stores in Copenhagen to get them.

Danish souvenir #3: Royal soldier tin

Now that we have the queen, it’s time to get the royal Danish soldier. This cake and cookie tin with the adorable Danish soldiers is sure to be a hit with your baker friends. Or get a tin for your kitchen shelf and you’ll be reminded of the royal Danish soldiers you saw in front of Amalienborg palace. You can find these tins in different sizes at Søstrene Grene stores. 

Denmark souvenirs

So, there you have it, three delightful Danish souvenirs that will remind you of your time in Denmark. Souvenirs to me are a piece of a place and no traveller should go home without one. What do you think; tempted to visit Denmark? 

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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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06/05/2014 at 09:15

Great post. I'm almost ready for 3 days in Copenhagen. My husband is already asking for danish cookies. Now, I can't resist to the Royal soldier tin.


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06/05/2014 at 11:39

Thanks Rossella, glad you liked the post! The cookies are delicious, I'm sure your husband will love them. Looking forward to meeting you at The Hive...just a few days to go!


20/04/2014 at 02:19

I'm loving the butter cookies and the tin! The cookies for the family and the tin for me. See you at The Hive. It's my first time as well. I'm looking forward to it.


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20/04/2014 at 09:17

Thanks Shobha! Glad you like them. I just checked out your blog how you came up with the name. I've just sent you an email...looking forward to seeing you at The Hive.


20/03/2014 at 16:25

I loved the candle......and the royal soldier tin is cute. I still have it in my house


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20/03/2014 at 18:50

Thanks Anu. The cookie tin is one of my favourites too:-)